I woke up last weekend and my eye was swollen shut. I was stunned to see the right side of my face much larger than the left. I woke up Patrick to show him. Through sleepy eyes, he studied my face and so sweetly assured me it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was; however, he forgot to change his facial expression. What he was saying and how he was looking at me gave me two very different takeaways. Needless to say, I didn’t get a perfectly-posed Mother’s Day post this year. No one wants to see a one-eyed Zombie mom in a dress.
I did go to the dermatologist on Monday who spent a good bit of time just staring at my face. She finally broke the awkward silence and asked, “Do you spend time outside or in your yard?”
Ma’am, gardening is life.
“It looks like you got into something in your backyard. Not really sure what it was, but the pattern leads me to believe you got into something… It could be Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac… but I think it is something you got into… but I also don’t know what to tell you to look for, because I’m not familiar with those types of plants… and we are going to need to remove that mole.”
I left there without a whole lot of answers, but I did get a mild soap, prescription ointment and an appointment to remove that mole.
When I got home, I stood on my back porch gazing into my backyard feeling a little betrayed.
The next day, I was rearranging some pots that contain my vegetables and herbs. As I picked up my Citronella plant, there right at my feet was the largest snake I’ve ever seen (the largest snake I’ve ever seen in my yard) eating a toad. I let out a really low, bellowing moan, which is the noise I make when I’m scared and started to make a run for it.
But then I had a thought that stopped me in my tracks… What kind of mom would I be if I didn’t have pictures and videos for Tripp? Reluctantly and with heebie jeebz running up my spine, I ran back out there and stood on a chair to get pictures.
I made it back inside my house and found a spot to watch the snake from the safety of my home. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted my double impatiens starting their dehydrated droop. Ugh. I knew I was going to have to go back out there and walk right where that snake was to grab the hose and turn on the water all while being a couple feet away from him… and that is exactly what I did.
I prefer my backyard to be a no danger zone, but I’ve come to understand that’s not realistic and you better believe I haven’t stepped foot in my backyard since then without thinking about what’s out there. And good thing, because this morning, the snake was back. I froze, we made eye contact and he slithered away underneath the fence. I don’t know what to make of that, but something tells me I haven’t seen the last of him.
The last two weeks, I have featured tricky and needy plants, so today is a good day for a low maintenance one. I love this time of year, because the Plumbagos are blooming everywhere. These plants can grow pretty big or can be kept as a hedge! You can find them in every nursery around our area and they don’t require a ton of attention. All I do is water them and not even everyday! I don’t have to deadhead them and only occasionally trim them back when they seem to be getting out of control. They produce a ton of blooms and provide so much color.
And those roses I wrote about a couple of weeks ago finally opened.
Enjoy your weekend friends!